I’m from Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek residing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I’m currently working on my Honours Bachelor in Social Work with a major concentration in Indigenous learning. I joined YRI to be a part of a movement, a movement that actively works towards change and towards building meaningful and honest relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
I am from Wunnumin Lake First Nation, 518km from Thunder Bay. This is my second time on the Thunder Bay YRI team, and I hope to foster change in my community between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. I recently graduated from the Graduate Diploma program in Professional Kinesiology and plan to use my training and experience in improving the health status of Indigenous people. I believe that reconciliation has a crucial part in improving the lives of Indigenous people. I am glad to be back again this year and can’t wait to experience this journey with my team and the youth of Thunder Bay.
Devin Peterson is currently a Youth Reconciliation Initiative Team Lead for Thunder Bay, ON. He has was born and raised in Thunder Bay which is situated on the Robinson Superior Treaty land and was also home to the historical Métis Nation. Devin has a background in Business Marketing from Confederation College. Through his education he has been able to work with local businesses by conducting research and strategic marketing campaigns to help them grow and achieve their goals. Devin Peterson has recently joined the Northern Lights Collaborative as a Launch Event Community Connector and Co-Designer. Devin believes in using the education and teachings he has obtained through his schooling and volunteering to help strive towards equity and equality by strengthening and empowering communities through knowledge and understanding, starting with his hometown of Thunder Bay.